Family Film Guide: “X-Men: Days of Future Past” and “Blended”

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‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’

Rated: PG-13.

Suitable for: 9- or 10-year-olds and up. 

What you should know: The movie is two hours and 11 minutes long, being shown in 2-D or pricier 3-D and toggles between a grim future and 1973. Our review said it is the best comic book film ever made, better even than Christopher Nolan’s Batman series.

Language: One crisply delivered f-word, one use of profanity and roughly a dozen milder four-letter words.

Sexual situations and nudity: A man and woman wake up in bed and Hugh Jackman is shown naked from behind.

Violence/scary situations: The movie opens in the future, a time of loss for mutants and humans, and mounds of corpses are shown. The movie is filled with transformations and confrontations, some deadly or injurious, with all manner of weapons. They include robotic Sentinels, guns, fists, frying pans, claws, a foot to the windpipe, fire, ice, metal rods and large objects that have been uprooted and moved. Someone briefly looks at autopsy photos, a plane starts to plummet to the ground, and thwarted or successful assassinations factor into the plot. Throw in a near drowning, bloody scratches or wounds and Tasers, too.

Drug or alcohol use: Several characters briefly are shown drinking Scotch whisky or other hard stuff.

‘Blended’

Rated: PG-13.

Suitable for: Tweens and older.

What you should know: Adam Sandler is a widower with three daughters and Drew Barrymore a divorced mother of two sons. They have a disastrous blind date but later find they’re sharing a luxurious suite at an African safari resort.

Language: Someone almost uses the f-word, there is an offensive acronym and a couple of four-letter words along with a raised middle finger.

Sexual situations and nudity: Kissing, cleavage shots, some mildly suggestive moves by a performer, edible underwear is mistaken for candy, a girl unsuccessfully tries to stuff her bra, a crude term for a woman wearing too-tight pants is used as a joke and, briefly, mating animals in the wild.

Violence/scary situations: Mr. Sandler’s character mentions his wife died of cancer but most of the scary situations are played for laughs, as when a parasailing incident does not go as planned, a sleeping boy’s head accidentally is banged into walls, someone is pitched off an ostrich and into a water trough and an old lady runs into a tree.

Drug or alcohol use: Adults drink beer, wine or champagne. A joke is made about slipping someone a Roofie and shaving her head.


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